Clash of the Titans

I’ll start off by saying this, I’m not a huge fan of remakes.  Clash of the Titans (2010) is a remake of the 1981 movie by the same name.  The ’81 version starred Harry Hamlin as the lead role of Perseus, the 2010 remake stars Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation, Avatar) as Perseus.  The 2010 version was also presented in “Real 3D” in theaters when it was released back in March which was a massive miss with movie goers.

The movie starts off with a fisherman discovering a casket with a dead woman and a much alive baby boy in it, just floating in the water.  He rescues the child, whom he names Perseus, and raises him as his own flesh and blood.  Perseus is a very loyal son and becomes the avid fisherman much like his adopted father until one day while out on the ocean fishing they come across a giant stone statue of Zeus being toppled by angry humans.  The statue falls off of the cliff that it sat on and into the water, right on top of Perseus’ fishing boat.  Needless to say, his mother and father are killed and he is rescued by the angry humans that killed his family.  Instead of getting angry at the dysfunctional humans that have a beef with Zeus, he gets angry at the gods for allowing it to happen and seeks revenge.  The rest of the movie plays out like a well worn out bedtime story of revenge.  Zeus (played by the wonderful…not so much in this movie…Liam Neeson) agrees to send Hades (played by Ralph Fiennes) to Earth to play the humans against each other in order to trick them into loving the gods again, after all the gods need our prayers to live (who knew?)!  Meanwhile on Perseus’ mission of revenge, the heavenly soul of Lo (played by the very beautiful Gemma Arterton), helps along the way.

The movie was entertaining to watch with a butt load of action throughout, it was the special effects that got to me.  They all seemed like a cheap video game and you could tell that some parts of the movie were made strictly for 3D (I watched a 2D version).  Sam Worthington seems to have sold his soul to be the next big action star, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes’ talents are severely under-utilized here though.  You can barely tell that Hades is in fact Fiennes due to the makeup and clothing, but the part just seemed beneath him the whole time.  Neeson’s Zeus was just there as a presence, they could have had any bearded actor (think Anthony Hopkins) play the King of the gods.

There’s a ton to complain about with the script and acting and just about everything else, but it’s a pre-summer blockbuster, made just to make money.  So, if you’re going to give this remake a peek go into it just hoping to be amused.  You’ll feel better for spending money on it afterwards.